The Organising Committee for the Festival is made up of a small group of volunteers, supported by a professional artistic director, with experience within the community, industry and public service. Our wish is to create a Festival that we ourselves would like to go to, where we can combine our passion for reading with a great weekend away. The Organising Committee is ably assisted each year by many Festival helpers, without whom the Festival would not happen.
Organising Committee 2016
Emer O’Connell – Chairperson
Emer is a senior civil servant with extensive experience of working across a number of different Government Departments. She has a keen interest in the arts, with a particular love for music and literature. She can regularly be found pounding the streets of Ennis!
Liz Culloty (Kelly) – Artistic Director
Liz has worked as an arts manager and curator for the past 20 years. As well as curator of the Ennis Book Club Festival, she is Director of BEALTAINE and has worked in arts centres, for local authorities and The Arts Council.
Michael Conneely – Corporate Support Coordinator
Michael has some fifteen years of financial planning experience. He readily admits that he joined the Festival Committee to improve his social life!
Mary Henchy – Book Club Member
Mary is a Quantity Surveyor by profession. She works as a volunteer tutor with Clare Adult Basic Education Service, loves reading and is a member of a book club.
Mary Kenneally – Treasurer
Mary is an accounts administrator and a book club member since 2001.
Cathy McDermott – Volunteer Coordination and Health and Safety
Cathy has worked in Administration for 10 years with Aer Lingus, Roche Ireland, Swartz Pharma and the DAA. She is Executive Co-Ordinator for Chartered Accountants Ireland Midwest Society.
Nollag McNamara – Venue and Hospitality Coordination
Nollag is a quantity surveyor by profession and is an avid reader and book club member.
Helen Walsh – County Library Representative
Helen has been County Librarian in Clare since 2009 and she manages Clare County Council's Cultural services which include Libraries, Arts, the County Museum and Archives.
Former Committee Members
The reputation of the Ennis Book Club Festival has been built up over a long number of years by a range of different people who have given freely of their time and dedication to ensure the success of the Festival. Former Organising Committee members include:
Patricia Callaly, Ciana Campbell, Mary Donnelly, Ann Knox, Ruth McDonnell, Frances O’Gorman, Catherine O’Hara, Paula Sheils.